Rutte Loses Senate Majority, Gains for Dutch Far Right

Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s four-party government is about to lose its majority in the Senate.

The Hague Netherlands
Aerial view of Dutch government offices and parliament buildings in The Hague (Tweede Kamer)
  • Dutch voters elected provincial deputies on Wednesday, who will elect a new Senate in May.
  • The four parties in Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s ruling coalition are projected to lose their majority in the upper chamber.
  • Far-right parties posted their best result to date, taking 21 percent of the votes.